Welcome Angela Fields as the new Associate Executive Director

Angela R. Fields, CHW and Associate Executive Director

My CHW journey to becoming the Associate Executive Director (AED) at the Minnesota CHW Alliance.
Angela R. Fields is a Community Health Worker. Angela is a dedicated and experienced service provider, entrepreneur, mother, and grandmother. Angela credits her family for inspiring her zest for life, her drive and ambition, and passion for being a helping professional.
Ms. Fields has over thirty years of experience in the healthcare industry. Angela received her Associates Degree in Human Services and her Community Health Worker Certification from Minneapolis Technical College. For over three decades Ms. Fields has worked as an allied health worker in the areas of Phlebotomy, Nursing Assistant, Electrocardiography, Medication Management and as a Mental Health Practitioner. Angela also has an extensive history in clinical laboratory work and in-home health care.
Angela volunteers regularly and is an active and engaged community member for the betterment of those suffering from chronic health issues including mental health diagnosis and substance use disorders and those experiencing economic disparities.
Angela is accustomed to working with multidisciplinary care teams across health and social systems providing customized education, information, and applicable resources in a person-lead approach.
Angela facilitates the monthly CHW Learning Circle for the Minnesota CHW Alliance (MNCHWA). The MNCHWA Learning Circle is brought to you by the Minnesota CHW Alliance which lays out a platform designed of clear organizational goals and objectives for the advancement of all those in the CHW profession.
Angela Fields understands the importance of CHW leadership, workforce development, job readiness and job sustainability for those in her profession. Angela is the newly appointed Associate’s Executive Director at the Minnesota CHW Alliance. Angela brings her strategic thinking, good judgment, vision, and leadership skills to her role as Associate Executive Director.
On a lighter note, in her free time Angela enjoys the simple things in life such as gardening, cooking, and avidly reading books. She loves spending time with friends and family especially her beloved grandchildren that affectionately refer to her as “Nana.”

Welcome to your new role as the Associate Executive Director Angela. We are so glad you are a part of our growing team!

Many Faces of Community Health 17th Annual Conference

The Many Faces of Community Health 17th Annual Conference is now open. Please join us as we go forward with the conference on August 18-19, 2022.

Registration is now open. Please click here to register.

Check out the session descriptions and speakers. Here.

DON’T FORGET TO SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION FOR THE MANY FACES OF COMMUNITY HEALTH AWARDS. NOMINATIONS CLOSE MONDAY, JULY 25, 2022
More information about the awards: Here.

Hoping to see everyone at the conference. Thanks for all that you do as CHWs for the communities we serve!

Social Determinants of Health Workshop

June 21st, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Zoom

The University of Minnesota (U of M) will be hosting a free workshop on Social Determinants of Health and is open to everyone. There will be discussions on social determinants of health and aging, and case studies that connects health and its impacts. The workshop will feature three speakers with relation to public health. Please join us by registering below.

REGISTER HERE

3 CEU credits will be available for Nursing Home Administrators
(LNHA), Assisted Living Directors (LALD), and Social Workers
(SW), and we will provide a certificate of attendance.

Featuring:

Rajean P. Moone, PhD, LNHA/LALD, FGSA (Associate Director of Education – Center for Healthy Aging & Innovation, School of Public Health)

Robbin Frazier (Associate Director of Equity and Community Engagement)

Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD (Director, Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, School of Public Health)

Monthly Update from the MN CHW Alliance Executive Director: Adrianna Lobitz

I am so excited to be sharing the first monthly blog update from the Alliance’s Executive Director with you. My name is Adri Lobitz- I have been in this role for six months. I am already elated with the growth the Alliance has undergone and the exciting opportunities on the horizon.

Since the beginning of the year, the Alliance has been working hard to advocate and garner support for legislation to be passed that will fortify and grow the CHW field in Minnesota. Passing this legislation will build the capacity of CHWs to address health disparities and Social Determinates of Health, establish awareness of the importance and impact of CHWs, and increase organizational readiness for those who employ CHWs. If you would like to assist in this effort, please reach out to your representative to let them know the importance of CHWs and encourage them to support this funding.

The Alliance continues to host monthly CHW Learning Circle meetings on the first Wednesday of every month and a Supervisor Roundtable every month. If you would like to be added to the email list for either of these events, please reach out to me at adrianna.lobitz@mnchwalliance.org.

Thank you for visiting the Alliance’s website and blog! I hope you have found this site to be a resource on CHWs and a place for connection on our CHW Registry. I am looking forward to continuing to share updates with you and more opportunities to connect with the Alliance.

In community,

Adri

Blueprint For Lifelong Wellbeing Virtual Webinar

Please join us for a virtual fundraising event, featuring Clinical Psychologist and President of Vanguard Mental Health & Wellness Clinic, Dr. Vang. As an advocate and speaker on Hmong mental health, Dr. Vang will share her expertise in culturally-competent, trauma focused care for optimal early childhood development.  

Early childhood development sets the blueprint for lifelong social, emotional and physical wellbeing. Our community health workers meet families where they are at to deliver compassionate and culturally sensitive support during this formative time.

Early intervention can improve outcomes for children, families and communities. We are proud to share our work with you on October 11, 8:30-9am! Register through Eventbrite or email jleisz@wellshareinternational.org

Supervisor RT Date Updates

The Supervisor RT dates for the rest of 2022 are Tuesday, October 18 and Tuesday, December 14. We’re working on a CHW supervisor facilitator for the year and topics for these meetings planned with that facilitator.

Meeting the Challenges of Diabetes: Transforming Food Shelves to Meet Client Needs with SuperShelf

Topic: Minnesota’s SuperShelf partnership is helping to increase access to healthy, appealing, and culturally-connected foods across the state. Learn how food shelves are transforming to meet the food needs and improve the experience of people who are food insecure in Minnesota. This presentation will include an overview of the results of the SuperShelf Evaluation Study (NIH) including the Statewide Food Shelf survey, a unique data set with direct insight from people served by food shelves throughout the state.

Who should attend?
Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, diabetic educators, care coordinators, dietitians, nurses, public health workers, health educators, social workers, therapists, community health workers, those serving people with chronic conditions, and others interested in this topic.
Objectives:
• Discuss how food shelves, pantries and other hunger relief
resources are an important resource for supporting healthy
eating for food insecure people who live with diabetes and
other chronic conditions.
• Increase awareness of Minnesota’s SuperShelf partnership and
methods, and how this approach it is helping to increase access
to healthy, appealing and culturally relevant foods across the state.
• Deepen understanding of the food needs, preferences and health concerns of people who are food insecure
in Minnesota, through the results of the Statewide Food Shelf client survey, a unique data set of perspectives
from food shelf clients.

This webinar is free, but space is limited. Click here to register: https://supershelfwebinar.eventbrite.com